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Proofpoint Names Paul Auvil as Chief Financial Officer

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprise messaging security solutions, today announced the appointment of Paul Auvil as chief financial officer (CFO). Auvil brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, technology and corporate leadership to the company.

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ — Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprise messaging security solutions, today announced the appointment of Paul Auvil as chief financial officer (CFO). Auvil brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, technology and corporate leadership to the company.

Prior to joining Proofpoint, Auvil spent six months with Benchmark Capital as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, where he evaluated investments and advised portfolio companies. Prior to Benchmark, he spent four years serving as the chief financial officer at virtualization leader VMWare, where he played an important role in helping the company to evolve from a promising start-up to one of the fastest growing companies in the history of the software industry.

Previously, Paul served as the chief financial officer at Vitria Technology, Inc. In that role, he executed both initial and secondary public offerings and led Vitria's acquisition of XML Solutions, Inc. Before joining Vitria, he held various executive positions at VLSI Technology, including vice president of the Internet and Secure Products Division.

Auvil holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. In addition to a wealth of business experience, Auvil also holds three patents in digital video compression in Japan, and one patent (pending) in the U.S. for a high speed, PCI compatible on-chip data bus.

"Proofpoint is in a rare position thanks to its dynamic mix of groundbreaking technology, rapid growth and ability to meet the needs of a market that is constantly evolving," Auvil said. "I look forward to helping Proofpoint reach its goals, and hope that my leadership experience in both the technology and finance worlds will serve that purpose."

"Paul is a key strategic addition to Proofpoint's executive team, especially given his experience with other fast-growing technology companies such as VMWare and Vitria and his background in the investment community," said Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint. "Paul had a number of exciting opportunities to choose from, and we're thrilled that he decided to bring his impressive and multi-faceted skill set to Proofpoint."

About Proofpoint, Inc.

Proofpoint provides unified email security and data loss prevention solutions for enterprises, universities, government organizations and ISPs to defend against inbound threats such as spam and viruses, prevent leaks of confidential and private information across all protocols, and encrypt sensitive emails. Proofpoint's products are controlled by a single management and policy console and are powered by Proofpoint MLX(TM) technology, an advanced machine learning system developed by Proofpoint scientists and engineers. Proofpoint provides the most scalable and flexible deployment model including: hardware appliance, virtual appliance, hosted services and software. For more information, please visit http://www.proofpoint.com.

Proofpoint, Proofpoint MLX, Proofpoint Protection Server, Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway, Proofpoint Spam Detection, Proofpoint Virus Protection, Proofpoint Zero-Hour Anti-Virus, Proofpoint Content Compliance, Proofpoint Digital Asset Security, Proofpoint Secure Messaging and Proofpoint Regulatory Compliance are trademarks, registered trademarks or licensed trademarks of Proofpoint, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Proofpoint, Inc.

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